First Baptist Church is actively involved in mission work in our City, State and around the world through such projects as:
- Work groups to a sister church in Costa Rica
- Sponsoring visits by folks from Costa Rica to St. Paul
- A scholarship fund, Compañeros en Misión, at the Caribbean Theological Center in Limón, Costa Rica.
- Nurses’ scholarships to the River Kwai Hospital on the Thai-Burmese border
Sponsorship and partnership with refugees from Burma living in St. Paul, assisting families in their resettlement, housing and transportation needs. We are also creatively partnering family to family.
The Family Place, located at the 10th street entrance of the building, provides for families in need of shelter; including a family room with phone and computer access to help with job search activities, showers, laundry facilities, and lockers for storing personal items. Families spend the night in a house of worship sponsored by the Saint Paul Council of Churches “Project Home”, and then arrive each morning to spend their day in a safe and supportive environment. In 2009 over 400 families were served.
The Garden Club has designed and created the lovely flower beds and the landscaping around the church building and is now working with the city in the design of the new Wacouta Commons (a new urban park directly south of the church).
First Baptist Church is an active participant in the downtown community partnering with social service agencies such as Dorothy Day Center, Naomi Family Center, Martha’s Closet, Listening House, and SafeZone on a variety of projects. We have sponsored a midweek noontime worship service in the skyway system, hosted welfare reform meetings, public forums, and concerts. We cooperate with other downtown congregations in providing ecumenical worship services.